Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Tue 8 Aug 2017

    THE LATEST offering from the Fairbourne Dodders will be farcical British romp Touch and Go by Derek Benfield, writes Kieran Kelly. The show, at Dodford Village Hall on August 18 and 19, features all the good elements of farce – secret love affairs, slamming doors and dropped trousers. It centres around Brian who, while his wife Hilary thinks he is jogging, is spending hours with his girlfriend Wendy at his good friend George’s flat. In the meantime, George is spending time with Hilary, until Jessica, George’s wife, returns unexpectedly, from a business trip to America. Performances start at 7.30pm on both nights and the play is not suitable for children. Tickets are £12, which includes supper, and the bar will open all night. The hall has disabled access. For more information, call James on 07946 715220 or 0121 447 7403.

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  • Tue 8 Aug 2017

    THE ANNUAL Summer Showcase at Bromsgrove Folk Club will take place on Thursday, August 10. Four new acts will perform at the Catshill Club from 8pm. Among them will be The Way Out from Loughborough, Worcester young progressive folk rock trio Solstice, young Brummie soul inspired singer songwriter Philippa Zawe and Serenity, a four-piece folk band from Alvechurch. Serenity will perform traditional folk and tunes with Eastern European influences. Bob Bignell from Bromsgrove Folk Club said: “All of these acts will be anxious to convince our audiences they are worthy of a full spot at either the club or festival.” Admission is £4 for members and £6 for non-members. The club is continuing with its policy of admitting under 25s half price admission and a year’s free membership. For more information, visit www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call Bob on 0121 476 5938.

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  • Sat 5 Aug 2017

    CROWDS flocked to the latest street theatre event held at Catshill Meadow on Monday, writes Kieran Kelly. Those watching were spellbound by the magic, comedy and stunts which took place. The show featured Jason Maverick and the Bread and Butter Theatre Company which impressed the audience with their skills and tricks. The series of free events have been organised by Bromsgrove District Council and have been taking place in Bromsgrove, Catshill, Romsley and Wythall. As well as the live entertainment there are also a host of stalls and other things to do, such as children’s craft activities. A council spokesperson said: “So far the street theatre has been very well received and we were impressed with the number of visitors that braved the rain to attend our relocated event last week.” The final two events will take place at the Bromsgrove Rec on Wednesday, August 9, where visitors can expect to see Bruce Airhead and The Maniax and the final one will be in St Chad’s Park, Rubery, on Thursday, August 10, which will feature Angie Mack and the returning John Maverick.

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  • Sun 30 Jul 2017

    THERE will be plenty of family fun at Bromsgrove’s Avoncroft Museum throughout the six weeks summer holidays. From Monday, July 31, to next Friday, August 4, there will be traditional fun and games, including board games, kite flying, and other outdoor activities. The following week, Avoncroft’s Big Build will provide building themed activities. Youngsters will have the chance to design a new building for Avoncroft. From August 14 to 25, Avoncroft will be turned into the Land of Legends, with many fantasy themed activites, centering on folklore and local legends. Visitors will be tasked with searching the grounds for the mythical beasts that lie in wait for aspiring adventurers. From August 21 to 25, there will be the Great Avoncroft Bake-off. All junior cooks are invited to test their skills in the kitchen and cook something special. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help with historic household chores around the museum. The month ends with a bank holiday festival to celebrate the end of the summer with some traditional fun for the whole family. The last event of the season continues beyond August, running from August 29 to September 1. The Big Avoncroft Dig will see young archaeologists and budding historians help dig up important artifacts, and maybe even part of an ancient building? Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk for more information.

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  • Wed 19 Jul 2017

    THE BROMSGROVE Folk Festival makes a welcome return to The Bowling Green Inn, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, next weekend.

    On the Thursday evening, July 13, there is the Pre-Folk Festival Singin’, Suppin’ and Session. There is an eclectic music session in the pub and/or an acoustic night in the mini marquee. That event starts at 8pm and is free.

    On the Friday evening, July 14, is resident band Fairfield, Don McKinnon, Keith Donnelly Ursula Holden Gill and Quicksilver. It starts at 4pm in the mini marquee and the main marquee at 7pm.

    On the Saturday, July 15, the music starts at 5pm in the mini marquee and 7.30pm in the main marquee. The evening will feature The Lost Notes, The Gen Bartley Band, 3 Daft Monkeys and The Melrose Quartet.

    On Sunday everything is free, including the walk in the morning, the brunchtime fun in the mini marquee and singin’ and suppin’ with Stitherum in the main marquee, the World Foam Flinging Championships, Step on Board and the Festival Finale.

    Tickets are £24 for Friday night, £37 for Saturday all day, £18 for Saturday up to 6pm and £25 for Saturday after 6pm.

    Alternatively, it is £47 for the whole weekend.

    Visit http://www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk or call 0121 476 5938 for more information or www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk/festivaltickets.html for tickets.

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  • Tue 18 Jul 2017

    THE ANNUAL general meeting of the Bromsgrove Art Society will take place at 7.30pm on July 19.

    It will be held at the St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road.

    On the night, as well as a summary of the year’s demonstrations, there will also be a report on the success of the annual art exhibition.

    Next year’s Bromsgrove Art Society programme will be published in August with events starting again in September.

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  • Sat 15 Jul 2017

    THE FINAL week of this year’s Bromsgrove Festival is upon us with eight more events before the curtain comes down.

    On Wednesday, July 19, the Holborne Brass Ensemble take to the stage for the last Festive Classics event at Avoncroft Museum’s Guesten Hall. The show starts at midday and lunch is at 1pm. Tickets, which include lunch and a glass of wine, are £16. They must be booked in advance by visiting www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or calling 01527 874136. Concert only tickets are available for £8.50 on the door. Visit www.festiveclassics.co.uk or call 01527 874136 for more.

    The film Boticelli Inferno (12A) is being screened at Artrix at 7.30pm on Wednesday. The fascinating and informative art documentary focuses on the undisputed Renaissance master Sandro Boticelli. Tickets, at £10, are available from Artrix, at www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

    Next Saturday, July 22, Fusion – street theatre, dance and music – comes to Bromsgrove High Street. It is a free event from 10am to 3pm and will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester.

    The next Bite Sized Classics concert, aimed at getting everyone, young and old alike, into classical music, comes to St John’s Church next Saturday afternoon. The concert, which starts at 3pm, is free and is being performed by the Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson. Places can be booked by calling 01527 878801, at www.osjbromsgrove.org or on the door.

    The St John 2017 MusicFest presents ‘Facade’ by William Walton at St John’s Church at 7.30pm next Saturday. Tickets, at £10 in advance, are available from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330 or 01527 878801 (the St John’s Parish Office). Alternatively they are £12 on the door. Accompanied children go free. Visit www.osjbromsgrove.org for more.

    The St John’s MusicFest continues into the Communion service at 10.45am next Sunday, July 23. The Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson will take to the stage for the service, led by Rev Ray Khan. It will feature Mozart: Missa brevis No 2 in D Minor. The service is free, no tickets are required.

    Time travelling musicians Morgan and West come to Artrix at 2pm next Sunday for a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting show. Tickets, at £12 (£10 under 16s) or £40 for a family ticket are available from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330.

    And finally, the 2017 MusicFest Gala Concert concludes this year’s Bromsgrove Festival at St John’s Church. Once again, The Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson, will perform a variety of classics from Beethoven from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 in advance (from www.artrix.co.uk or by calling 01527 577330 or 01527 878801) or £12 on the door with accompanied children going free.

    Visit www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk for more on any of the events

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  • Wed 12 Jul 2017

    STUDENTS from Bromsgrove Prepatory School held a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book The Philosopher’s Stone.

    The school was turned into Hogwarts for the day with everyone joining in the fun.

    The day started off with a procession of costumes which saw pupils dress as their favourite characters, staff even got involved with the day’s celebrations.

    The theme of Hogwarts was really embraced as in PE quidditch came to the fields, wands were made in art, potions were put together in science and even platform 9 3/4 appeared outside the English department.

    Then lunch had came around where a feast fit for Harry himself was prepared. That included authentic Bertie Botts every flavor beans.

    The food was appropriately labelled with worms and hippogriff eggs being some of the unusual treats on offer.

    Strange things occurred in the library too as new book categories appeared and competitions were held.

    Despite the unusually hot weather the costumes and high spirits held up all day .

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  • Wed 14 Jun 2017

    THE Bromsgrove Festival returns bigger and better this week with organisers promising it will be “the best yet”.

    Almost 100 events will be held for this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, July 23, with highlights including music, drama and dance.

    Deputy chair Bob Bignell said “With getting on for 100 events in 27 locations, this year's Bromsgrove Festival promises to be the best yet.

    "With genres ranging from folk to opera, drama to comedy, spoken word to dance, jazz to classical Music, visual arts to dance – and aimed at all age ranges – it is certain that everybody in Bromsgrove and surrounding areas will not only find something to interest them, but will also have the opportunity to ‘try something new’ right here in Bromsgrove."

    The festival will once again be staging family orientated events on Bromsgrove High Street on each of the six Saturdays during the festival period, including dance and street theatre.

    The Summer Jam in Sanders Park will also feature with skateboard competitions and professional graffiti artists, with performances from a live band and local DJs.

    This year's programme also has more focus on the arts in Bromsgrove with a number of events organised by local societies and clubs.

    There is also greater emphasis on free community arts activities, such as REFRESHRubery in Rubery and a Bite Sized Classics concert at St Andrew’s Church in Charford.

    It is hoped that this will encourage greater participation in Festival activities in areas of Bromsgrove that have previously not seriously engaged with the Festival.

    For further details, full listings, and a brochure of the festival can be found on www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk.

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  • Sun 11 Jun 2017

    "Mixed media’ will be the focus at the next meeting of Bromsgrove Art Society this month.

    Redditch artist Cheryl Clayton will be demonstrating her skills at St John Ambulance Centre in Barnsley Hall Drive from 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 21.

    Mike Hurst, vice chairman of Bromsgrove Art Society, said: “Cheryl is a local artist who has demonstrated her skills for us on a couple of previous occasions, and proved very popular.

    “She finds relaxation in her art, but also tutors primary school children in art and design, experimenting in a variety of media, whilst having a passion for all things furred and feathered.”

    Entrance to the meeting costs £1 for members or £4 for visitors, which includes a hot drink and biscuits.

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